News and Updates

September 15, 2023

Buncombe County Public Health Here Wednesday


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street this Wednesday, September 20th, from 10 am- 2 pm.


The vaccines included will be COVID, Flu, MPOX, Hep A & B, Tetanus, and Shingles. The team will also work with folks to connect them to other county resources and clinical services.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day This Thursday


The next Habitat for Humanity work is this Thursday, September 21st. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:30 and carpool to the work site together.


For more information, don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Seth.

Thank you, Patton Allen!

Last week, Brent and Patton Allen Real Estate had a company event at One World Brewing and accepted donations for Haywood Street! Thank you, Patton Allen, for your continued support!

Blue Ridge Pride Parade

Please join Haywood Street Congregation staff and community members in the Blue Ridge Pride Parade on Saturday, September 30th. Anyone wanting to participate and walk in the parade as part of Haywood Street is welcome to park at the Haywood Street parking lot.

We plan to leave the HSC parking lot by 9:45 a.m. and walk to the gathering spot at 16 S. French Broad St., the parking lot right next to Summit Church. It's about a 9-minute walk. Or, you can plan to meet us at 16 S. French Broad St. at 10:00 a.m.

Contact Tiffany for more information.

Companion Gathering Rescheduled

The Companion Gathering and Training has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 5th, at 1:00 p.m., in the dining room. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Katlyn for more information. We hope to see you there!

13 Days to Register!

Registration for Golf for Awareness closes on Thursday, September 28th! Head to our events page on the website to sign up!

A Great Time at Chow Chow

Haywood Street had a booth at the annual Chow Chow festival last weekend. Thank you to everyone who tended to the table, and to everyone who stopped by to say hi!

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Wednesday's group from Christ School and their new friend, Daniel. Thank you for joining us at the Downtown Welcome Table, guys!

Linda and Lora--one of the many Haywood Street friendships that have been formed!

Elizabeth speaking with a visiting group from the Givens Estate about the Respite.

Pastor Brian and Red Dog. Haywood Street meetings just wouldn't be the same without our little Red!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers:

8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 p.m. in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Card Making: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the stories and sermons page of the website.

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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Fresco Viewing Hours:

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at [email protected].


The Real Reason Why

by Louisa Combs

Recently, I joined a meeting at Haywood Street for the purpose of training to be an Ambassador. These are folks who can provide guests and newcomers with an overview of the mission and ministries at Haywood Street. The goal is for our guests to have a positive experience during their “Welcome Visit."

As the meeting got started, Melanee, our Lead Storyteller, asked that we go around the table and introduce ourselves to each other. But it wasn’t just--what’s your name, some personal

background and what ministry you are involved in or serving. No, there was a bit more to the introduction that made me pause and wonder what I was going to say in this group.

You see, Melanee was asking us to be even more personal by answering the question - WHY are you here?

I knew most of the folks around the table, but there were a few new faces I was meeting for the first time. We began to share our backgrounds and reasons why we were drawn to ministry at Haywood Street. Melanee got us started with the introduction exercise, going around the table as we do in most meetings and getting to know each other.

The question of why was intended to draw out a deeper response about our commitment to ministry at Haywood Street. It seems to me that we each have a different faith journey, and on occasion, we share our inner selves with others. The deeper why response seemed to be asking each of us to share a piece of our soul. Put the reveal on the table. I was feeling just a bit uncomfortable at this point. My mind began searching for an authentic response to the question of why.

I wanted to be sure that when it came to my turn, I’d have a sensible response to share. When the why question was getting closer for me to answer, two responses emerged to the question of why. My thought process continued to hold these two responses that had their own character of the obvious why and the deeper why.

You see, I had a nice, easy, understandable response to the obvious why. Being involved at Haywood Street was because I am Pastor Brian’s mom. Of course, I’m going to support his life’s work in ministry. Moms do that sort of thing, dedicate their lives to their family’s well-being. My response seemed like a pretty straightforward, socially acceptable reason for my obvious why. But it was the deeper why that was harder for my mind to answer.


My response felt uncomfortable to share this insight of the deeper why. It seemed that the best word to surface from within was transformation. The deeper why was telling me I was at Haywood Street because there are times when I feel I’ve been touched by seeing a friend stretched out on a pew in deep sleep while the worship service continues. “Accept me as I am” – a thought that surfaces in me from a more introspective place, maybe even beyond my faith, reasoning, and prayer.

It seems the deeper why allows experiences within a community that encourages self-worth, accepts differences in each of us, offers friendship to strangers, and shows a word of encouragement. It calls each of us to reach deep into our soul to understand our own meaning in life.   

The Ambassador meeting helped me focus on a deeper response to the question of why I serve. Haywood Street offers the opportunity for each of us to be in relationship with God and with each other. For me, it becomes a transforming experience and helps me understand, and perhaps even accept, God’s love for humanity.

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.